University student in custody for alleged residence hall rape

Andrew Tellijohn

Juan Pablo Adame, 24, had his first appearance on charges of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County District Court on Thursday morning.
Adame, a College of Liberal Arts senior, is charged with committing rape last Monday morning in a campus residence hall. He has been in custody at the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center since that day.
Adame has hired Daniel Guerrero, an attorney with Meshbesher and Spence Ltd., as his lawyer. Guerrero said it is too early to discuss what Adame’s defense will be, but said he will plead not guilty.
“We intend to conduct a thorough investigation, and I feel confident that at the end of it, Mr. Adame should come out of this OK,” Guerrero said.
According to the complaint, the victim was getting ready for bed when Adame knocked on her door and asked to talk. When he entered the room, he then locked the door.
When she noticed that he appeared to be drunk, she said she didn’t want to talk and asked him to leave the room several times, but he refused. The complaint states that he then pulled her toward her bed, told the victim “he wanted her” and that “she wanted it.”
He then allegedly raped her twice.
When questioned by University Police, he denied the incident occurred. According to the complaint, he told University Police Detective Marianne Olson, “There is no incident, so I don’t know what to talk about.”
He also said that after getting home from a bar in Minneapolis, he went to a friend’s dormitory room until approximately 1 a.m. to 1:15 a.m., then returned to his own room before going to another female friend’s room where he said he spent the night.
However, according to the complaint, when the second friend was asked by police if Adame’s statement was true, she said Adame had been in her room but left “for at least a half an hour before he returned.”
She said he told her the police were looking for him. When she reminded him how long he had been gone, he said he had just gone to the bathroom. Adame also allegedly told her, “You’re my alibi.”
Adame remains in custody with bail set at $50,000. If convicted of the charge, he could face 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 4.